Indspire, until 2012 the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF), is a nationally registered charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Aboriginal peoples in Canada, especially youth to achieve their potential.
Indspire is partnered with Canadian corporations, federal departments, national organizations, and other private sector companies to implement Industry in the classroom. Aboriginal educators and youth participated in focus groups and directed the curriculum's design. Indspire also collects and analyzes applicant and student data and prepares statistical reports to paint a picture of the financial assistance being provided to Aboriginal students across Canada.
Over 30,000 students have attended these exciting youth-oriented events to date nationwide. Indspire has evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post-secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis student across a diverse range of disciplines.
In the 2008-2009 fiscal year $4.6 million was awarded to 1,300 recipients across Canada. In total, Indspire has disbursed over $87-million to over 25,000 recipients since its inception. Indspire offers financial assistance (scholarships and bursaries) through four major categories - Post-Secondary Education, Fine Arts, Health Careers, and Oil and Gas Aboriginal Trades and Technology.
Indspire's key initiatives include:
- The Indspire Awards, a national annual broadcast celebrating 14 achievers in a multitude of career areas including a special youth award and an award for lifetime achievement.
- The K-12 Institute, a resource centre, hosted on-line to enable student, teachers, parents and others to access educational materials.
- Industry in the Classroom: Indigenous Youth Career Seminars, a 21/2 hour seminar with a video and lesson plan.
- Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences, an exploration of post high school opportunities for Indigenous students.
- Aboriginal Canadian personalities
- Aboriginal Day of Action
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
- Native Women's Association of Canada
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